The Big Ten Conference announced today that Gopher women's golfer Teresa Puga has been named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week. This is the first Big Ten Conference weekly award for Puga and is the first Minnesota player to be named player of the week since Terra Petsinger received the conference's selection on March 24, 2005.
Puga, a junior from A Coruña, Spain (Blume HS), collected her third top-10 finish of the season and finished in a tie for fifth at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic on Feb 23. She carded a third-round score of 71 after posting consecutive rounds of 74 for a three-over par 54-hole score of 219. Minnesota finished second at the event, one stroke behind Miami (Ohio).
Puga's 54-hole score of 219 ties her for the fifth-lowest individual score in Minnesota history but is one stroke shy of a career low 218 she carded as a freshman at the Las Vegas Showdown. She leads the Gophers with a pair of top-10 finishes to go along with a team-best 75.13 stroke average.
Puga's current career average of 76.37 is the best score amongst all players to wear the Maroon & Gold, bettering Kate Hughes' average of 77.57 established from 1985-89.